Cambridge Effective Altruism

Operations Manager

Cambridge, UK

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Cambridge EA’s mission is to support and inspire people around the world to work on the most pressing global problems. We run online virtual programming and operate within and around the University of Cambridge to achieve this goal.

Key Details 
  • We’re hiring an Operations Manager to be responsible for building the infrastructure required to help us scale our team from 7 to 15-20 staff in the next 12 months
  • Apply here. The deadline is Monday 1 Aug, with rolling applications
  • £45-70k salary, depending on prior experience 

What are we looking for

We’re looking to hire an Operations Manager to build out the key infrastructure for the organisation as we scale, support the paid staff and volunteer team by managing and refining the operational systems they rely on, and inform strategy across all activities. 

Note that we do not expect candidates to have experience with the below areas beforehand, nor that the candidate will take on all of the below tasks. Instead, these tasks are an illustration of the kinds of tasks and responsibilities we expect the candidate to take on. The exact set of responsibilities you end up working on will depend on your strengths and experience, and will be worked out with you when you begin the role.

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Offering logistical support for our fellowships, seminar programmes and events (sourcing venues/online platforms, liaising with participants and instructors, supplying resources/refreshments etc.)
  • Contributing to our overall organisational strategy, using insights from a systems-level perspective, especially on how we can build an organisation that can effectively scale 
  • Developing and systematising our hiring and onboarding processes
  • Overseeing and refining our systems for bookkeeping and accounting, including tasks such as categorising and reimbursing expenses and receipts.
  • Working with our accountants on payroll and financial reporting
  • Taking responsibility for our compliance and policies, in areas such as employment, corporate governance, data protection, office safety, volunteer management, and safeguarding
  • Improving our team’s digital productivity tools

A more experienced candidate, or a less experienced one after some learning in the role, could take on a role such as Head of Operations, and could hire and manage a larger operations team.

About you 

We expect the Operations Manager to have 0-5 years of experience doing related work. A recent graduate who wants to quickly develop an operations and managerial skill-set could be a great fit, and we also strongly encourage more experienced candidates to apply.

If you have a few of the following qualities, we would be excited for you to apply. We don't require you to meet all the criteria: it's very likely we will select a candidate who doesn't.

  • Highly organised
  • A proactive problem solver, motivated to seek out problems or bottlenecks to solve, and time- and cost-efficient ways to solve them 
  • Leadership experience, or a keen interest to develop this skill-set
  • Enjoy working quickly, accurately and with attention to detail
  • Have strong IT skills, and be able to quickly learn how to use digital services. Coding skills aren't required, but are a bonus.
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication
  • Willing to do a wide range of tasks to help the organisation succeed
  • Motivated by our mission to help solve the world’s most pressing problems

We believe that a more diverse team leads to a healthier and happier workplace culture, better decision-making, and greater long-term impact. In this spirit, we especially encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply to this role, and to join us in our mission to help solve the world’s biggest problems.

Logistical details 

  • Application process 
    • Initial application (<30 mins)
    • Work task (~2 hours) 
    • 30-45 minute interview 
    • 1-2 day in-person work trial (flexible timings, and can be remote if strongly preferred) around mid-late August
  • Preferred start date before the end of September, but can be later
  • We prefer full-time, but are open to part-time (e.g. 3-4 days per week)
  • Compensation will be in the range of £45-70k, depending on prior experience
    • Pension scheme with 4% employer contribution
    • 25 days + bank holidays paid leave per year
    • £2,000 productivity budget
    • Encouraged to spend 10-20% of working time on self-development and learning 
  • Based in-person in our Cambridge-based office
    • The work schedule will is flexible, but evening and weekend work may be required on rare occasions
    • Report to the CEO
    • We're able to provide visa sponsorship for these roles for the right candidate, and you're welcome to apply if you'd need a visa

Time commitment: Full time

Applications due: 2022-08-01

  • Category Community-building
  • Created by Dewi Erwan
  • Submitted 04 Jul
  • Last updated 04 Jul